Motivational interviewing (MI) is a person-centered, guiding method of communication and counseling to elicit and strengthen
motivation for change
Motivational interviewing, first described by William Miller (1983), and later elaborated in the classic book—Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change (1991, 2002, 2013)—offers a practical, common sense approach for supporting clients in making and sustaining healthy behavior changes. Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field, over 800 clinical trials demonstrate the efficacy of MI across a range of populations, target behaviors, and medical conditions.
At its core, MI is not a unique or entirely new approach, but a combination of principles, skills, and strategies drawn from existing models of counseling and behavior change theory. Embracing an interpersonal style based on empathy, collaboration, and acceptance, the MI practitioner relies heavily on the use of strategic reflective listening as a means of eliciting clients’ strengths, inner wisdom, reasons for change, and ways of achieving it.
Steven Malcolm Berg-Smith, MS, MINT Member
For over 30 years, Steven Malcolm Berg-Smith has worked as a behavior change counselor, health educator, drug & alcohol prevention specialist, and researcher. He currently has a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area as a motivational interviewing (MI) trainer, consultant, coach & mentor.
A member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 1994, Steve has conducted over 1000 motivational interviewing (MI) workshops and presentations throughout the US and internationally. Considered a master trainer by his peers, Steve has served as a “trainer of trainers” for MINT, and collaborated in the design of MI-inspired behavior change intervention protocols for numerous national clinical research trials. He has authored a manual on the “The Art of Teaching Motivational Interviewing,” along with several frequently cited articles on how to use motivation-enhancing tools and strategies to support adolescents and adults in making positive lifestyle changes.
Steven holds a MS in Community Health Education from the University of Oregon, and a BA in psychology from the University of Redlands.
This intermediate workshop consists of lecture and demonstration.
- Pre-post questionnaire
- Baseline confidence assessment
- Role-play comfort assessment
- Strategic listening (part 1)
- Identification of personal behavior
- Brainstorm: What works? What doesn’t?
The “Spirit” of MI
The Four Principles of MI
- Open-ended Questions
- Reflective Listening
- Information Offering
Negotiating the Agenda: Creating Focus:
Wrap-up: Key Learnings
4:30 - End
- Pre-post questionnaire
- Key Learning’s
4:30 pm: End